What You Need to Know About Your Mailbox

Shake Your Mailbox.2019



The Van Buren County Road Commission is not responsible for mailboxes that are poorly mounted, have rotted posts, or are damaged by the impact of snow.

If you believe that your mailbox has been damaged by Road Commission equipment striking it, please call the Road Commission at 269-674-8011, or send an email to vbcrc@vbcrc.org  An inspector will review the mailbox and, if the damage was caused by our equipment striking the mailbox, the Road Commission will replace it for you with a standard type mailbox and post.  


For a copy of the Road Commission's Mailbox Replacement Policy click HERE

It should be noted that this process will take time, depending upon weather conditions and staff workload.  Plowing snow is our priority.  In the meantime, it is suggested that arrangements be made with your local post office for your mail delivery.


     Taking time now to secure your mailbox for winter could prevent big headaches in sub-freezing temps!  Prepare your mailbox for winter by tightening screws and ensuring the post and box are secure enough to endure large amounts of thrown snow.  If the mailbox or post moves when shaken, the box or post likely needs to be repaired or replaced. 

     The Road Commission’s Mailbox Policy states that  the Road Commission will replace a mailbox/post only when it is found that Road Commission equipment made direct contact with the mailbox; not when the box is knocked over by snow or slush that is thrown by the snow plow. 

     Prepare for winter now by ensuring your mailbox can withstand the force of thrown snow.


Click HERE for a Shake Your Mailbox Flyer (2019)

 For proper placement and installation of mailboxes, click on the link below:

Guidelines for Mailboxes and Supports

CLICK HERE for a Brochure outline mailbox guidelines.